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Deep Imagination – New video “Underneath The Waves” | New EP out in March 2018

At the end of DEEP IMAGINATION’s “Carefully Kept Secrets” is the atmospheric “Underneath The Waves“.

It is the only instrumental on the album.

With long, wave-shaped synthesizer sounds and pianos that sound almost as if under water, Thorsten Sudler-Mainz creates a dream-like atmosphere to which saxophonist Stefan Höllering sets fascinating, deep-sounding notes with jazzy tones.

And with the gong dipped in water, elements such as metal and water are literally melted together musically.

This is made visible with the artfully staged video “Underneath The Waves”, which was shot in the ‘Galerie Artlantis‘ in Bad Homburg/Germany. (deep-imagination.com | bscmusic.com).

The new EP by DEEP IMAGINATION will be released on March 9th 2018

On the album “Carefully Kept Secrets” appeared the 17-minutes long track “Wings To Fly“.

In the press and radio the song was widely praised as the soul of the work.

With the EP “Wings To Fly”, DEEP IMAGINATION will release the single version of the popular longtrack.

Like all releases by DEEP IMAGINATION, the new 4-track EP will be released on the renowned German label BSC Music/Prudence.

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Posted by on January 16, 2018 in Prog-rock

 

The Mysterons – Meandering (2 February 2017)

The Mysterons is a 5 piece band from Netherlands with a very unique sound.

Singer Josephine van Schaik, guitarist Jordy Sanger, keyboard player Pyke Pasman who along with bassist Peter Peskens and drummer Sonny Groeneveld are with Jungle by Night, a 9-piece collective based in Amsterdam, consisting of brothers, cousins and school friends aged between 15 and 22 years.

The Mysterons were named after the 60s series ‘Captain Scarlett And The Mysterons” and are producing high quality music which is difficult to pigeonhole.

After recent high profile performances at Lowlands, Into The Great Wide Open, Motel Mozaique, Paradiso and French showcase festival Transmusicales they put out their debut full length album ‘Meandering” in 2017.

The album has ten tracks and captures your attention by the first note.

Might be Josephine van Schaik’s high pitched voice.

She is very comfortable with middle eastern melodies on tracks such as “Turkish Delight” or Indian flavored ones, such as “Meandering”.

On the other hand, the rest of the band members are great musicians that can easily pass from groovy garage rock to psychedelia and from middle eastern music phrases to western pop.

Order your copy from HERE

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2017 in Prog-rock, Psychedelic

 

GRICE – Exeter 6.10.2017

The electro-acoustic musician, singer-songwriter GRICE will be joined by very special guest international freeform jazz trumpet player Luca Calabrese from Italy. The unique lineup is completed by long-term friend and gifted musician Fred Ehresmann (grand piano / keys), Duncan Chave (Eigenharp / loops & visuals) and the uber-talented Bellatrix  (bass / double bass). The event will feature a premier performance of Frozen Water and 3 new unreleased tracks from GRICE’s forthcoming album. 

I have worked (mostly) remotely with Luca over the past few years on Propeller & Alexandrine and on Friday we will finally play the songs together. Luca is the missing link, he is such a sensitive player and his control and musicality is second to none, it is an honour to play with the man, true class. I look forward to sharing the music and to welcoming the splendid Andrew Fred Ehresmann and Bellatrix to the mix. G

Updates on GRICEMusic.co.ukFB & Twitter. Venue: St Michael & All Angels Church, Mount Dinham, Exeter, EX4 4EBDoors: 6:30pm. Start: 7:15pm. Tickets: £10. On the door or via our online SHOP 


About the Players


Luca Calabrese made his debut with the Gianni Basso Big Band in the early eighties. He now works with various musical groups throughout Europe, playing folk to contemporary music, from traditional to avant-garde jazz and progressive rock, collaborating among others with Isildurs Bane (Sweden) Syntony (Austria), Italian Instabile Orchestra, Mick Karn, Daniele Cavallanti and more. Luca has played in Jazz and Progressive international festivals and in his discography are some valuable pieces as recordings with Roswell Rudd, Cecil Taylor, Richard Barbieri, Grice & Steve Hogarth.

Bellatrix is a musical explorer and songwriter from the west country, UK. Primarily a bass player and vocalist, she has a degree in jazz double bass from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Known for her work with independent power-house girl band The Boxettes and psychedelic hip-hop outfit Dizraeli and The Small Gods, it is only now after years of extensive collaborations and international performances as a beatboxer and bassist, that Bellatrix reveals a new slant to her identity as an artist. Bellatrix uses live vocal looping, bass and synth to conjure images of an abstract world drenched in sounds you can taste, and everything it is to be human.


About the Venue


St Michael & All Angels Church is one of the most spectacular monuments of the Anglican Revival in Devon.The church was planned in 1864 and was designed by Major Rohde Hawkins in the early French style, with a full cruciform plan and narrow passage aisles, allowing an uninterrupted view of the altar, which makes it ideal for live performances. St Michael’s has the second largest organ in Exeter and is the first church in the UK to be occupied by nesting peregrine falcons following their near extinction and subsequent recovery from pesticides in the late 1950′s. The St Michael’s peregrines are Devon’s most famous and publicised Peregrine falcons, due to the Eco-watch webcam in operation between 2001 and 2007. In 2013, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, a new nest video camera was installed in the interior of the nest box which enables sharing close observations of these majestic birds of prey.

 
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Posted by on October 5, 2017 in Prog-rock

 

SpaceFest! 2016 – 2-3 December 2016

SpaceFest! 2016 Preview. Anton Newcombe (The Brian Jonestown Massacre) & Emil Nikolaisen (Serena Maneesh) to lead Pure Phase Ensemble 6

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SpaceFest! is gearing up for a new season. The sixth edition of this festival will take place on December 2-3. Gdansk will again become the intergalactic capital of Poland, presenting psychedelic music at its best with shoegaze, Krautrock and space-rock plus cosmic energy, intergalactic cats, forest goblins, psyched visuals, pagan disco and more.

Organized by Nasiono Records, this event is traditionally preceded by a week-long workshop for Pure Phase Ensemble, an ephemeral group created especially for the festival. While most festival events will take place at Zak Club, these musicians will rehearse at the Laznia 2 Centre for Contemporary Art in the city’s Nowy Port district, seeking inspiration amidst its post-industrial atmosphere.

anton-newcombeThis year, Pure Phase Ensemble will be fronted by a true legend: Anton Newcombe of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, espousing one rule – that there are no rules when making music. We can basically expect anything. Anton is teaming up with Emil Nikolaisen (producer, multi-instrumentalist and frontman of Serena Maneesh) for this project.

Anton Newcombe says, “It is my hope I can have a quick chat with everyone involved and get on the same page about how important silence can be. From there we can make everyone deaf… but I’m not interested in throwing everything at something then trying to remove everything in its own way. I would rather build wonderful beds of ideas, rythm, melody and work on Polish and English vocals when we can… I plan to switch between my keys and my guitars using one in open tunings if I can, and one standard… and get weirder… be heavy. and dreamy. but not pointless.”

Other PPE members are from the following Polish alternative bands: Polpo Motel (Olga Myslowska), Jesien (Maciej Karminski), Oslo Kill City (Jakub Zwirello), Judy’s Funeral (Marcin Lewandowski) and Aiodine (Kacper Graczyk). The collective will also involve Nasiono Records’ very own Karol Schwarz (7faz, KSAS), who has been responsible for its musical cohesion from the very outset. Their output will be presented live on December 3, and will be recorded and released on CD in 2017.

The makeup of Pure Phase Ensemble is constantly changing, guided by the artistic vision of a new leader each year. Through workshop improvisation, the musicians produce a set of unique songs, Past participants include Mark Gardener (Ride), Laetitia Sadier (Stereolab), Ray Dickaty (ex Spiritualized), Steve Hewitt (ex Placebo), Jaime Harding (Marion), Chris Olley (Six By Seven), and Hugo Race (The Bad Seeds, The True Spirit).

This year’s concert delights include performances by Camera (Germany), Be Forest (Italy), The Third Sound (Iceland-Germany), DIV i DED (Czech Republic), MDME SPKR (Britain), and Polish artists Rosa VertovWild BooksLonker See, and The Fruitcakes.

Be Forest, a trio from the Italian city of Pesaro and leading fixture in the modern shoegaze world, bring their hallmark sound to the festival. More shoegaze is on the menu from Czech shoegaze and dreampop outfit DIV I DED, building on the achievements of such groups as Ecstasy of Saint Theresa, Slowdive, Jesus & Mary Chain and My Bloody Valentine.

German trio Camera, who experiment with sound, composition, form and expression, are justifiably compared with 70s Krautrock icons like Neu! and La

Camera - pic by Oscar Valentine

Camera – pic by Oscar Valentine

Düsseldorf, their music like a motor running at full throttle, where an explosion could occur any second.

The new psych scene is represented by The Third Sound, a band that has been dubbed “linchpins of the psychedelic underground”. Fronted by Icelandic singer Hakon Aðalsteinsson, formerly of Singapore Sling, this project was founded in Rome and has since relocated to Berlin.

London duo MDME SPKR transmit pure, raw energy on stage, while Lau Betti’s low, in-your-face voice emanates sincerity and freshness. Their sweaty, loud sound evokes L7’s grunge or the darkness of Black Sabbath. Polish band Wild Books also combine the raw sound of psychedelic punk with dreamy, fuzzy 1990s-style guitars, presenting material from their upcoming second album titled “2”.

The sound from Poland’s Lonker See oscillates around jazz, space rock and psych. It’s full of space, based on long forms, with ample room for improvisation. Through its annual competition for young bands, two other collectives will perform at SpaceFest! 2016 – Warsaw-based Rosa Vertov, an all-female band playing dirty, disturbing shoegaze, and The Fruitcakes, whose music is inspired by the late 60s San Francisco psych scene, the Canterbury scene, and the psychedelic aspects of the contemporary Australian scene.

SpaceFest! also presents DJ sets from UK-based DJ Ola’s Kool Kitchen and DJ Pomponette, who will deliver spaced out and psychedelic dance music sets, and Snowid – a mystical forest creature and the festival’s informal patron, presenting a wild mix of disco, psytrance, electro and dubstep.

SpaceFest! is organised by the Nasiono Association in cooperation with the Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art and Zak Club. The festival is co-financed by the City of Gdansk. Tickets are available from Soundrive Tickets and Zak Club(Grunwaldzka 195/197, Gdansk)

Day tickets are PLN 35 (preorder) and PLN 45 (on the door) / Weekend tickets are PLN 65 (preorder only). For more information on this unique space expedition, visit www.spacefest.pl

FESTIVAL PROGRAM

2 December 2016 | doors 7 p.m.

Rosa Vertov (PL)

Be Forest (IT)

Wild Books (PL)

Camera (DE)

The Third Sound (IS/DE)

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Snowid DJ set (PL)

Ola’s Kool Kitchen DJ set (UK)

 

3 December 2016 | doors 7 p.m.

The Fruitcakes (PL)

Lonker See (PL)

DIV I DED (CZ)

MDME SPKR (UK/FR)

Pure Phase Ensemble ft. Anton Newcombe (The Brian Jonestown Massacre) & Emil Nikolaisen (Serena Maneesh) (US/PL/NOR)

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Snowid DJ Set (PL)

DJ Pomponette (UK/FR)

Ola’s Cool Kitchen DJ set (UK)

 

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Magic Moments At Twilight Time – Flashbax Ω Ultimate (Klappstuhl Records 2015)

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What started out as an idea to reissue one of the Flashbax Tapes Series soon turned out in a demanding project driven by the enthusiastic Mick Magic (you can read an interview we did with him a few years ago HERE) to create an ultimate Flashbax, showcasing the best of M.M.A.T.T…. featuring all the different line-up’s with Shona Moments, Lulu Jackson, Pete Program, Kate Twilight and Jay Time performing some of the best alternative psychedelic space pop rock with female vocals ever made .

More than 3 Months in the making, transferred from the original masters by the bands supremo Mick Magic, re – mastered painstakingly and lovingly by Frank E. and supervised by 6 9 N & F you can hear the famous underground space pop rock from the first recordings from 1987 with selections from their cassette only albums up to 1992, just before work on the 1996 CD Album “Creavolution” (Music & Elsewhere) began.

Klappstuhl Records have released Flashbax Ω Ultimate on 25.10.2015, simultaneously as CDR Album and Digital Album.

The digital version includes a further rarities Album ‘Flashbax Alpha II’ with the secret single “Freedom Overflow” and the original 30+ Minutes Session Version of “Sister Jody”.

Each CDR copy comes with an additional dl code to get all the bonus tracks and an extensive pdf booklet detailing the band’s history by M. Magic as well as printable artwork etc.

The download version is available on Klappstuhl Records Bandcamp page, if people want to order the hard copy on disc, they need to contact Klappstuhl, the link for which is just above the ‘redeem code’ one.

There’s nothing wrong with pop and rock music for the space age and remembering the times when everything seemed to be possible – with just a some DIY spirit and the tools at hand. Will this be the last M.M.A.T.T. release or a new beginning ??

Keep up with Magic Moments At Twilight Time

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Posted by on August 1, 2016 in Prog-rock

 

SciFi Mafia cd launch..

I’m attending the launch of the NEW Scifi Mafia cd tonight and hope to get some excellent shots from this gig!!
Here is a sample taste of things to come!!

Jez

 

chewing gun – Industrial Chewing Machine

Industrial Chewing Machine” is the 2011 debut album of the Athenian band, Chewing Gun.  It is a self-produced album by this 4-piece act that is putting its mark on the map of the Greek underground rock scene.

With the current line up of singer/guitar player Takis Markou, bass player Giannis Gekis, drummer Tasos Peppas, and guitar player Giorgos Christopoulos, Chewing Gun has managed to release a very interesting 10-track album.

Their sound covers a musical spectrum from King Crimson to Tool, and, as far as I know, the band was working on this album for over a year.  As you may have already realized, we are talking about a band that plays rock fusion, a music genre which cannot be labelled as “mainstream”.  Since I don’t like putting musicians under labels, I, therefore, won’t do it now with this album.  The only thing I can say is that you should give them a listen and come up with your own opinion.

Check this video and if you like what you hear, click here to get in touch with them.

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2011 in Prog-rock